Victoria Macdonald

Health and Social Care Correspondent

Victoria Macdonald is Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News.

Victoria Macdonald is an award-winning journalist, who has been covering health and social care issues for Channel 4 News since 1999.

She closely follows the changes and developments in the NHS and the care system from the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust to the wholesale reforms of the health service.

Victoria also reports on medical developments, mental health issues as well as covering stories on how welfare reforms are affecting those with physical disabilities. And she closely watches developments in HIV/Aids and TB.

Victoria is originally from New Zealand and worked for the Sunday Telegraph before joining Channel 4 News.

  • Published on 20 Apr 2017 Sections ,

    The election follows one of the toughest winters ever experienced by the NHS – with the funding shortfall and  concerns over staff shortages and social care all playing a part. And then there are the local campaigns to keep neighbourhood health services open.

  • Published on 14 Apr 2017 Sections

    Military veterans have held rallies in Belfast, Glasgow and London  – protesting against recent prosecutions of former soldiers who had served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.  A counter hardline Republican demonstration passed off peacefully.

  • Published on 13 Apr 2017 Sections

    Demand for hospital beds are at an all-time high – the same goes for waits in A&E. Depressing figures, after a tough winter: waiting times over the target the highest since records began, a record rise in days lost because patients can’t be discharged.

  • Published on 27 Mar 2017 Sections

    When Frances Cappuccini died at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in 2012, just hours after the birth of her second son, her family sought answers. But it took four and a half years, a failed criminal trial and two inquests before they finally learned what happened. Now her husband Tom Cappuccini has spoken exclusively to Channel 4…

  • Published on 26 Mar 2017 Sections , ,

    Hundreds of protestors – including Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny – have been arrested, after thousands of people took to the streets across Russia in a wave of anti-government demonstrations.

  • Published on 25 Mar 2017 Sections , , ,

    Donald Trump’s flagship healthcare bill has failed. The President tried to blame the Democrats for his last minute decision to withdraw the bill – but despite his ultimatum to his own party – he couldn’t rally enough support.

  • Published on 13 Mar 2017 Sections

    If something goes wrong with your brain that requires urgent hospital admission, like epilepsy or meningitis, you’d expect to be seen by a neurologist straight away. But in fact the kind of treatment you get depends entirely on where you live, with a new survey revealing shocking variations across the UK.

  • Published on 7 Mar 2017 Sections , ,

    The Government appears to have bowed to demands for more money to fund social care services in England – but how much will be enough?

  • Published on 22 Feb 2017

    It is a remarkable statistic, but one in five women experience mental health problems during pregnancy or after birth.

  • Published on 20 Feb 2017

    There have been warnings for a while about the plight of the NHS, but today there are new claims about the true extent of the crisis. NHS trusts are overspent by nearly £900m, with record numbers going through A and Es.

  • Published on 17 Feb 2017 Sections , ,

    Ministers have angrily denied reports that a chronic lack of funds for the NHS and social care is linked to an unprecedented increase in “excess deaths”. Two research papers published today say “relentless cuts” could be behind thirty thousand deaths in England and Wales in 2015, claims which the Government called a “triumph of personal…

  • Published on 16 Feb 2017 Sections , , ,

    More than a million elderly people across the country are left without the care they need, according to Age UK. That’s a steep rise over the last year and, says the charity, evidence that a combination of spending cuts and rising demand have left social care “in a state of collapse”.

  • Published on 9 Feb 2017 Sections

    As the NHS clocks up record-breaking failures to meet a whole range of targets – from cancer treatment to waiting on trollies. Will 2017 be worse yet?

  • Published on 8 Feb 2017 Sections

    We’ve all done it – embarrassingly sent a text message to the wrong person. Unfortunately for the leader of Surrey County Council, texts apparently sent by him ended up being aired at Prime Minister’s Questions.

  • Published on 6 Feb 2017

    NHS trusts in England are to make patients from overseas pay upfront for non-emergency care. The Government says giving hospitals a legal duty to charge will save the NHS up to half a million pounds a year.